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Crackdown leads to nearly 12k new drivers banned from road

A RECORD number of new drivers have been banned from the road and told to take their test again.

New regulations mean drivers can lose their licences in the first two years after passing their test by totting up six penalty points — the limit for more experienced drivers is 12 points.

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency figures show the majority falling foul of this new law are caught behind the wheel with no insurance. Costs of insuring a car can frequently be higher than the price of the vehicle.

Driving without insurance usually carries at least six points. A speeding offence can be just three points. When a new driver’s ban is over they have to pass the practical test again before being allowed back on the roads.

The DVLA data reveals 11,718 new drivers lost their licences last year — 12 per cent higher than in 2017 and 65 per cent more than 2016.

A spokesman for road safety charity Brake said the licensing system needs to be ‘more robust’.

The AA called for the government to remove the insurance premium tax for new drivers.